Dayton's Bluff: Historic Homes

Tour curated by: Special thanks to author Steve Trimble

Dayton’s Bluff is filled with a rich variety of homes ranging from 19th-century Victorian structures to 1920s bungalows and postwar ranch houses. The Dayton’s Bluff Historic District, created in 1992, has been an important factor in community revitalization. The neighborhood has three homes on the National Register of Historic Places.

Locations for Tour

Germans were one of the earliest immigrant groups that came to Saint Paul. As many of them became prosperous, they moved into Dayton’s Bluff and built substantial homes for their families. Several, including the home of Adolph and Anna Muench, were…

Sitting high on a hill, this red brick and sandstone Queen Anne house at 827 Mound Street can easily be seen by cars zipping along the nearby freeway. It was constructed in 1891 by Peter and Marie Giesen. Peter Giesen came to St. Paul from Germany in…

William Schornstein was a prominent member of the local German American community. The first mention in the historic record said that listed him as a bartender at the Tivoli, a downtown tavern. By the 1880’s he had a combination saloon and grocery…